BCWT Ltd’s Long Weekend extended his win streak to three in a row with his front running victory in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. The Amos-trained colt was one nose bob the better as he deftly dueled along the inside of Echo Town the length of the stretch.
Coming off a runaway victory in Oaklawn’s Gazebo Stakes March 21, Long Weekend once again shot to the lead, but this time had much more pressure as Echo Town stayed right at his throat latch through early fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 4/5 for the first half mile. The two 3-year-old colts were just a head apart at the wire, with the winner completing the six furlongs in 1:09 3/5 for six furlongs over a fast track.
“That was a fun race,” winning trainer Tom Amoss said. “He broke super sharp and was engaged all the way from the top of the lane home. He showed a lot of determination, which is the sign of a good horse. I thought (jockey) Joe (Talamo) not only rode a smart race from the break but was a very strong finisher on my horse and kept him going nicely. Any time you have a speed horse that hasn’t been challenged down the lane in his wins, and Long Weekend has not, you have to wonder what’s going to happen when that challenge comes that last portion of the race. I was really proud of him today.”
Long Weekend, by Majesticperfection, won for the fourth time in five starts and has now earned $193,928. He returned $6.20, $2.80 and $2.80 as the 2-1 second choice in the field of six.
Lykan came from last to take third by 1 1/4 lengths over Little Menace. Eight Rings, the 4-5 favorite, was in contention early but faded to fifth with a nonthreatening Sir Rick completing the order of finish. Beau Oxy, Ginobili and Liam’s Pride scratched.
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